Thursday, January 29, 2009

connections with sunlight

The days are finally growing longer and from about nine until four I can sit on my bed, doing school and soaking up as much sun as I can. I can hardly wait until spring, when it gets lighter and warmer. I've been trying to get myself to find something to like about winter, but its been rather a failing ambition lately. Mostly I've just been letting myself get lost in books.
I seem to feel strangely disconnected and unattached to people, I only get to see my "close" friends once a week or less, two times absolute tops. It's just so strange, the friends I see the most are the ones from dance, and they seem to be in a completely separate world than the one I am in. Only sometimes am I able to forget how big the gap is between Jr. high and a junior in high school, but I think even if there wasn't the age/grade difference we would be very different. The love of dance is basically all we have in common, I never went to middle school and I have no regrets about that. Some how though, I still manage to feel lonely almost everywhere I go, which in some ways I kind of like, but I can't help wondering if it is bad to feel entirely unconnected with the world.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

So I'm finely back in the blogging world, it's been a bit of a long break, but hopefully now I can come back with full force! Life is beginning to get normal again after Christmas break (yeah, it takes me along time to adjust) dance has started again which makes me sore and happy. I've been trying really hard to focus all of my creative energy into getting school work accomplished, but... it hasn't been working so good. And since that effort hasn't been overly successful, ahem, I decided that I should put what is left of my creative inspiration into finishing up projects I started as long as three years ago. I am happy to report that this has been a success. I actually finished a purse I started over a year ago, well I think it's only been a year, something seems to be telling me it's been two, but that just couldn't be right. Could it? Any-who, I will now introduce you to my newest creation... THE SWEATER PURSE!!!

okay, yes, I know, totally uncreative name, not so hot of a picture and we have really ugly carpet. BUT, I just took the photos, like, ten minutes ago and I suck at coming up with names for items, and the only name that comes to mind right now is Helga for some reason, maybe because the sweater is sort of Netherland-ish looking. Also, the carpet doesn't look that bad in real life, bad yes, but not that bad.

Here's a better view of the strap, it's made out of an old belt my dad out grew (he he) and I just want to say that it was extremely hard to sew that belt in. I hand sewed it because I didn't want to kill the machine, yet some how I still managed to break a needle. Oh, I didn't use a leather needle either (I'm too cheap).

The latch is made out of a key! I'm so proud of myself for coming up with this idea, it was one of those exciting, sudden inspiration moments (sad thing is I kind of have this feeling its not so original...). I must say now that this key was a lovely present from the wonderful Rebbecca, she gave it to me at church a bit after I had been telling her about how excited I was about finding this really awesome key at an antique shop. So, I put it to good use Rebbecca!
On a different note, I found some photos I forgot to include when I posted about Lauren's book, so I thought I'd just add them on the end here.
Illustration from children's reader.
Photo from magazine

Photo from magazine

Silk flowers, wolf illustration from children's reader and fence cut out by me.
Says: There's wolves in the garden. From one of our favorite songs.

stamp by Paige Compton

Photo from a magazine. Says: Sometimes I hear music in my head.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Love, Clara

Friday, January 2, 2009

happy new year!

Happy New year everyone!
This break for me has been very layed back and rather lasy too, though I have done a few of the things I had planned on doing. Mostly, however, I have watched movies, which I have greatly enjoyed doing, but I have a feeling I won't be watching many more in the months to come since my brain has begun to feel rather fried. I decided that it would be fun to post my favorite photos from some of my favorite movies I've seen this year, so here they are.